Zunino is on a weird streak in which he has followed hitless games with two-hit games. He has eight hits in his last seven games - two each in four of them. He has also not walked in 47 at-bats as his batting average and on-base percentage both sit at .277.
Asche is not in the lineup against Braves southpaw Alex Wood. He is hitless in 11 at-bats against lefties this season, but that is not the extent of his problems. Asche owns a stat line of .184/.279/.316 after a brilliant spring and has not had a hit in 15 at-bats since April 9.
A matchup against tough Braves left-hander Alex Wood has
Howard is just 3 for 17 against southpaws this season. Ruiz has hit safely in five of his last six games, but owns a disappointing average of .233 and slugging percentage of .326 on the year.
Gose's jersey was spotted in the clubhouse Thursday, indicating he could be the 26th man. Unless the team places someone on the disabled list, Gose's time with the club will be short. He'll likely be sent back down following Thursday's games.
Burnett is dealing with a non-sports hernia, but was cleared to make the start. He was initially slated for Wednesday's game, but a rainout pushed him back to Thursday. Burnett has a 3.94 ERA in three starts this year.
Gattis was replaced behind the plate by Gerald Laird. It's likely just a normal day of rest for Gattis. The club probably doesn't want to start the catcher during a day game after the team played Wednesday night.
Gattis is hitting .378/.378/.757 in 37 at-bats.
At the plate, Reyes finished 0 for 3. He walked and reached on an error, scoring both times he got on base. He's expected to be activated from the disabled list Friday as long as he doesn't experience a setback.
Cain was able to play Wednesday, but was removed from the game in extra innings due to the injury. He finished the game 1 for 4, with one run scored and one RBI.
Springer, who hit second for Houston, connected for his first career major-league hit in his second at-bat. It was an infield single.
"We're glad he got it out of the way the first day," manager Bo Porter said, per MLB.com. "It's good to have him in the lineup. There's definitely some things that could happen when he's on the baseball field, the attention that he draws on the basepaths, it will give the hitters that are hitting behind him some pitches to hit as well, but it was good to see him get that first one out of the way."
Springer scored one batter after his first hit as Jason Castro connected for a two-run homer. Springer went 1 for 5 with one walk, two strikeouts and one caught stealing in his debut.
"I didn't necessarily hit it hard, and now I can go play from there and develop and have fun," Springer said.
The A's are using a closer-by-committee with Jim Johnson struggling in the first few weeks of the season, and Gregerson was able to record saves in two of his previous three appearances before blowing one Wednesday. He stayed on to work a scoreless 10th inning after surrending the lead. Gregerson owns a 1.86 ERA and 6:1 K:BB ratio in 9 2/3 innings.